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Job Summary

This position is responsible for evaluating and providing ordered services to patients where the provision of social services can contribute to the treatment and needs of the patient. Utilizes social work techniques and develops a plan of care which is signed by the patient’s physician. Cooperates and coordinates with other home health staff and engages the patient and/or family members in the patient’s therapy program.

Responsibilities*

  • Educating patients on
    • importance of taking prenatal vitamins daily
    • importance of appropriate weight gain and nutritious intake during pregnancy
    • breastfeeding benefits to mother and child
    • food purchasing, preparation, and storage
    • food assistance programs such as WIC, Food Stamps, MSU Extension Food and Nutrition Programs, and Community Food Banks/Hot Meals and making appropriate referrals
    • food safety during pregnancy
    • infant feeding practices, timing and introduction of solids
    • proper preparation and administration of formula
    • expected growth parameters for infant
  • Counseling MIHP beneficiaries with identified nutritional risk
  • Discussing diet specific to identified risk and counsel on diet change strategies
  • Providing monitoring and follow-up for all MIHP beneficiaries with identified nutritional risk.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with interdisciplinary team members to provide a supportive and comprehensive patient care environment
  • Effective and culturally sensitive and age specific interventions and communication are critical
  • Knowledge and appropriate utilization of population-specific internal and community resources is required
  • Maintain accurate and expedient documentation of care and practice statistics
  • Ability to implement cross-disciplinary plans of care a must
  • Ability to meet productivity standards is essential to the success of the program
  • Serves as a nutritional resource advisor to staff

Required Qualifications*

  • Current registration as a Dietitian in the State of Michigan
  • A Bachelor’s Degree
  • At least one year of experience providing community health or maternal/infant nutrition services
  • Effective participation in an interdisciplinary health care team setting
  • Excellent writing and verbal skills
  • Extraordinary interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize effectively and work collaboratively
  • Demonstrated critical thinking and problem solving experience
  • Ability to quickly develop rapport with a diverse patient population?

Physical Demands:

  • The employee will be able to perform the assigned duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • This position requires knowledge of the use of laptop computers, and cell phones for documentation and communication. These duties require fine motor coordination/dexterity, the ability to grasp, vision with or without corrective aids adequate for fine motor tasks, client assessment, and driving. The job requires the physical demands of occasional lifting greater than 50 pounds, reaching, pushing, walking, going up and down stairs, driving, etc., with or without the use of assistive/adaptive devices. Employee drives personal or University owned vehicle to various work site locations on a regular basis including in-town and highway driving in good and inclement weather.

Work Environment:

  • The job requires the health care professional to work with the patient in the patient’s home. Must be able to travel from point A to point B throughout the workday in all kinds of weather as assigned. Environmental factors of the patient’s home are not within the control of the Health System (i.e., whether or not there is a smoker in the home, pets, apartment complexes, home entrance, etc.).

Desired Qualifications*

  • A Master’s Degree in Public Health with emphasis in nutrition or a Master’s Degree in human nutrition.
  • Passion for Maternal-Child Health
  • Home visiting experience
  • Thorough knowledge of modern-day software applications such as word, excel, outlook, etc.
  • Previous experience with electronic medical record
  • Bilingual

Work Schedule

Hours:  16 hours per week
Shift/Hours/Days:  Specific days & hours to be determined upon hire

Work Locations

This position is located at Home Care Service/Home visiting.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Background Screening

Under Michigan law, a criminal history check including fingerprinting is required as a condition of transfer or employment for this position.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.